Tristan Perich Releases Reviewed

Source: burning ambulance, covering Perich’s four 2015 offerings.

Composer Tristan Perich has released four CDs this year through the Physical Editions imprint. Each comes in a cardboard sleeve about the size of a DVD case, accompanied by a foldout poster of its score. The covers are illustrated with drawings, also by Perich, but realized with the help of machines. Both the music and the drawings display an incredible density of content, almost too much information to process at one sitting. Even as foldout posters, the music on the scores is too tiny for any musician (or anyone else) to read without a magnifying glass; the sheer number of notes, and the intensely repetitive phrases into which they’re arranged, is almost frightening—the idea of trying to play this stuff is enough to give a person fits of nervous anxiety.